Charleston entrepreneur Steve Swanson ’89 will be the commencement speaker during the College of Charleston’s graduation ceremonies on May 15-16, 2015.

Steve and Emily Swanson

Steve and Emily Swanson

Swanson is the former CEO of Automated Trading Desk (ATD), which was acquired by Citigroup Inc. in 2007. Swanson stayed with Citigroup for many years and is now focusing on new ventures. Swanson will receive an honorary degree during the commencement ceremony.

The College will also present honorary degrees to the following people:

  • Gilda Cobb-Hunter: Cobb-Hunter has been a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives since 1992, representing District 66, which includes Orangeburg County. From 1997 to 2000, she served as State House Minority Leader.
  • Tony Meyer ’49: Meyer joined the faculty of the College in 1954 as physical education instructor and coach. He is in the College’s Athletic Hall of Fame and was named Honorary Past President of the Alumni Association.
  • Samuel and Regina Shapiro: Sam Shapiro serves as chief investment officer, portfolio manager and chairman at Shapiro Capital Management LLC in Atlanta. Gina Kronsberg Shapiro serves on the advisory board of the College of Charleston’s Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program.
  • Emily Molony Swanson ’89: Emily Swanson graduated from the College of Charleston with a degree in biology and had a successful career as an investigator with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. She is a member of the Ashley Hall Board of Trustees and a former member of the Charleston Stage board.

For the first time, the College will hold three commencement ceremonies in May, with more than 2,200 students expected to “cross the cistern.”

The May 15, 2015 ceremony will include students graduating from the Graduate School of the University of Charleston, South Carolina along with the undergraduates in the School of the Arts, the School of Education, Health and Human Performance and the School of Professional Studies.

Two ceremonies will be held on May 16, 2015. The morning ceremony will be for graduates from the School of Business and the School of Science and Mathematics. The afternoon ceremony will be for the graduates in the Schools of Humanities and Social Sciences and the School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs.

This new spring schedule was revised to allow more students and guests to attend the May commencement ceremonies.